JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS – FINISHED FIFTH
AMAZING RACING HERE AT TALLADEGA. WHAT WAS IT LIKE DURING THE LAST FEW LAPS FROM YOUR SEAT?
“Well, I thought that between the No. 99 (Carl Edwards) and the No. 20 (Matt Kenseth) and ourselves and the No. 51 (Regan Smith) that we would settle the race between us. And then, the No. 34 (David Regan) and the No. 38 (David Gilliland); I was racing the No. 38 earlier and he had plenty of speed, but they came up on us so fast that I could see Carl (Edwards) trying to block and he finally said there’s no real way to block the speed that they’re bringing. Those two had blown by and David had made it back to the checkered flag. So, it’s really cool for that team. It was obviously a very good day for our Lowe’s Chevrolet. We had a very fast car and I felt like we were a player all day long, and that’s awesome.”
REGAN SMITH, NO. 51 HENDRICKCARS.COM CHEVROLET SS – FINISHED SIXTH
TAKE US THROUGH THE LAST FEW LAPS THAT YOU SAW:
“Well the last few laps I didn’t see much it was pretty dark. Happy for the guys on the Hendrickcars.com Chevy Phoenix Racing, it was a good day for them. A little disappointed. That last restart we were on the bottom and our car just didn’t work on the bottom at all for whatever reason. It just kept stalling out. I stayed down there to try and help Jimmie (Johnson) and give him a shove so we could get up there and battle it out. I just couldn’t give him a big enough push to clear guys at the right time. I kept getting stalled out by the cars on the outside. Still a good day, still proud of the effort by the team and you know go to the next one.”
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET SS – FINISHED 17TH
ON THE GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED RESTART AND FINISH:
“We were on that inside lane and weren’t going forward. We were going backwards. Everybody was going by on the outside, and when it’s three- and four-wide, you can’t really go up. I don’t know.”
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE RACING?
“I don’t really know. We didn’t have a car that I felt comfortable with. We just didn’t have a good car all day, but – I don’t know – I thought it was alright I guess. What did you guys think?
WAS THIS ONE OF THE LONGEST RACING DAYS THAT YOU CAN REMEMBER?
“Nah, I’m sure there’s been some longer ones.”
THE DAMAGE ON YOUR CAR, DID IT HAVE ANY IMPACT ON THE WAY IT RACED?
“No, I don’t think so. I think a couple guys that finished in front of us had worse damage than we did. They seemed to finish okay.”
KURT BUSCH, NO. 78 FURNITURE ROW RACING CHEVROLET SS – FINISHED 30TH AFTER BEING INVOLVED IN A MULTI-CAR ACCIDENT ON LAP 183
“We just got hit from behind, and along for the ride we went.”
ARE YOU OKAY?
JJ YELEY, NO. 36 GOLDEN CORRAL CHEVROLET SS – FINISHED 31ST AFTER BEING INVOLVED IN MULTI-CAR ACCIDENT ON LAP 183
“My car was really bad on the bottom all day long, so I just stayed to the outside. Everyone kept getting jammed up in the middle. I could carry a ton of momentum, and pushed the No. 51 (Reagan Smith) to the lead there. Thought I was going to take the lead there myself down the back straightaway. I just kind of stalled out there from a side draft from Reagan, and the No. 17 (Ricky Stenhouse) thought he could stick it on the outside there, and there wasn’t enough room. He hit me in the right rear, and got me lose, and sent me back across the field. Very disappointing. I definitely thought we had at least a shot at a top-five, but we were definitely going for the win.”
RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 HAAS AUTOMATION CHEVROLET SS – FINISHED 32ND AFTER BEING INVOLVED IN MULTI-LAP ACCIDENT ON LAP 183
ON THE ACCIDENT: ”I am doing this interview to let everybody know I’m alright. They can build safer race cars, they can build safer walls. But they can’t get their heads out of their asses far enough to keep them on the race track, and that’s pretty disappointing. I wanted to make sure I get that point across. Y’all can figure out who ‘they’ is. That’s no way to end a race. Our car was much better than that. That’s just poor judgment in restarting the race, poor judgment … I mean; you got what you wanted, but poor judgment and running in the dark and running in the rain. That’s it, thank you.”
DANICA PATRICK, NO. 10 GODADDY.COM CHEVROLET SS – FINISHED 33RD AFTER BEING INVOLVED IN A MULTI-CAR ACCIDENT ON LAP 183
WHAT HAPPENED FROM WHERE YOU WERE?
“I’m probably sure the most common answer is ‘I have no idea’. It happens out here; it is frustrating. I know this is plate racing, but…I’m watching the replay right now, so let me see what happened here. I was running the middle lane…yes, yes…that’s about what I saw. Ricky (Stenhouse, Jr.) was trying to make it four wide, and the No. 36 (JJ Yeley) came up to block him, and it turned him. Then the No. 78 (Kurt Busch) was spinning, I went high. and somebody came up and clipped me and put me in the wall. I’m not sure which car it was. The No. 32 (Terry Labonte) it looked like. Honestly, it is just the way it goes. People forcing the issue. It is late in the race, I get it. But that’s what causes these accidents that makes speedway racing speedway racing.”